Now that we’re in the midst of one of the coldest outbreaks of arctic air in several years, fans of winter weather keep holding out hope for some snow. So, what are the prospects?
Well, I wouldn’t put my faith in this particular phase of the pattern for anything more than at best some snowshowers. The clipper systems diving south at warp speed around the base of the massive upper-level Eastern trough have little moisture to tap in their quick trips across the mid-Atlantic states.
Even some minor offshore development with each clipper seems destined to get caught and whisked away. After next Wednesday (21st), the pattern then warms considerably for a few days.
The last week of this month will bring more clippers, but major winter storm development appears unlikely. Then, on to February, which is traditionally our biggest snow month, so we’ll see how things shape up as time draws closer and spring starts showing up on folks’ radar.
Posted by Jim Duncan